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Jeordie White

Twiggy playing at the Mayhem Festival with Marilyn Manson.
Background information
Birth name Jeordie Osbourne White
Also known as Twiggy Ramirez
Born June 20, 1971 (1971-06-20) (age 38)
Origin Coral Springs, Florida
Genres Heavy metal, alternative metal, industrial rock, thrash metal, alternative rock, industrial metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard
Years active 1989–present
Labels Nothing Records, Interscope Records
Associated acts Marilyn Manson, Amboog-a-Lard, Satan on Fire, Mrs. Scabtree, A Perfect Circle, Goon Moon, Nine Inch Nails, Melissa Auf der Maur, The Desert Sessions

Jeordie Osbourne White (born June 20, 1971), formerly known by his pseudonym Twiggy Ramirez (derived from Twiggy, a fashion icon, and Richard Ramirez, a convicted serial killer)[1] now known simply as Twiggy, is an American musician and currently a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for Goon Moon. He was previously the bassist for A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails (live only). He is also the long-time bassist/guitarist for Marilyn Manson. He has also contributed to some of the Desert Sessions recordings.


Personal life

Though born in New Jersey, he moved to Florida sometime during his childhood where by his own admission he grew up on "Star Wars and heavy metal". He has three younger brothers, Westly, Dustin, and Ayden. His mother, Dana, was formerly a cage dancer for such bands[citation needed] as the Ramones, giving Jeordie famous musical contact. He is of Italian and Scottish descent.

Influenced by the likes of Motley Crue, Van Halen and Iron Maiden, he first picked up a guitar at the age of 13. Although a New Jersey native, he spent the better portion of his youth in the Ft. Lauderdale area, where he quickly embraced South Florida's growing music scene and, by age 15, had joined his first band, The Ethiopians.[citation needed]

Musical career

Early in his career, White was in a speed metal cover band called The Ethiopians covering songs such as Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice". Between 1989 and 1993 White played rhythm guitar, bass and provided backing vocals for Amboog-a-Lard.

(1993-2002) Marilyn Manson

White met Marilyn Manson in the late 80's while working in a used records store in Broward Mall, Ft. Lauderdale. There the two realized they had much in common, but had yet to work on a musical endeavor. He became an honorary spooky kid, and went by the groupie name Gordy White. In March 1993, White took part in Manson's side project Mrs. Scabtree and shared vocal duties with then girlfriend Jessicka. Jeordie did not join Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids until Gidget Gein was ejected from the band by the manager in 1994. White was given the Manson band member name Twiggy Ramirez, which was derived by taking the first name from English supermodel Twiggy and the surname from American serial killer Richard Ramirez. Much of Twiggys early look from the multi colored dreadlocks down to the dress style was taken directly from Gidget Gein and Jessicka.

In 1998, White made a cameo in Monster Magnet's music video for "Space Lord". In 2001, White appeared on an MTV Cribs episode: the "Ozzfest Edition".

During his time with the band he wrote most of the music for Antichrist Superstar, almost all of the music for Mechanical Animals and most of the music for Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).

(2003-2007) After Manson

After departing the band, he played two live shows with California punk metal band Mondo Generator, and auditioned for the role of second guitar in Queens of the Stone Age, which he lost to Troy Van Leeuwen of A Perfect Circle. He also auditioned for a spot as bass player (after Jason Newsted's departure) in Metallica, but lost out to former Suicidal Tendencies/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Robert Trujillo, which is documented briefly in their film, Some Kind of Monster. Several months later, White replaced Paz Lenchantin in A Perfect Circle, the project of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel as a full member of the band on bass guitar. White later joined Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme on the ninth and tenth volumes of Homme's music project The Desert Sessions. He also contributed to Melissa Auf der Maur's solo debut.

White assisted in the production of Nine Inch Nails' album, With Teeth, and toured with them during 2005-06 to support the album and then again in 2007 for Year Zero. Jeordie also has his own project with desert-mainstay Chris Goss called Goon Moon, an underground "stoner rock" band. Guitarist Dave Catching is also involved along with Team Sleep/Hella drummer Zach Hill.

White has composed for an range of artists from fictional band Steel Dragon to Bif Naked to his namesake, model Twiggy Lawson with whom he recorded and produced a duet.[citation needed] In 2005, White worked with Goon Moon and with them released the EP I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine, recorded at Rancho De La Luna, Prescription and Regime Studios. The band released their first full-length album "Licker's Last Leg" in May 2007.

White appeared on the UNKLE album War Stories playing bass and synths on the track "Burn my Shadow".

(2008) Return to Manson

On January 9, 2008 Marilyn Manson posted a bulletin on MySpace confirming that Tim Skold was leaving Marilyn Manson and that Twiggy Ramirez had rejoined the band in his place. This has also been confirmed on official Marilyn Manson website. He is currently touring with Manson as the band's new guitarist in support of their seventh studio album. However, Twiggy is still a member of Goon Moon and will continue working with them after the touring of The High End of Low is finished.

Twiggy also mentioned in an interview that he will keep working with Manson for their next album, which is supposed to be released on a faster timetable than previous albums. [2][3][4]

Preferred equipment

While in Marilyn Manson, Jeordie used the following basses, among many things, showing a strong preference for Gibson instruments, and basses used by his classic rock mentors:

  • Jeordie owns multiple Thunderbirds. During the Guns, God, and Government tour he toured with 5 Thunderbird Basses, most often seen with the pickguard removed, or a plain black pickguard on a black thunderbird. Each bass had different tunings (Standard, BADG and DADG) and was used for different songs
  • 1992 Gibson Thunderbird IV Reverse (seen in the "Disposable Teens" video; used extensively in live performances from 1998-2002, and once again since his reunion with Manson live on stage in 2008). In 1999, while on Manson's Rock Is Dead tour, Jeordie was honored with the Epiphone Thunderbird IV Reverse Goth Edition[citation needed]— a sleek, ebony-colored bass in the Thunderbird IV Reverse style featuring a silver, Gothic-style cross in place of the famous Thunderbird logo (custom made for Jeordie and still sold today)[citation needed]. Regardless of version, this model bass is Jeordie's longtime favorite. The earlier bass from disposable teens was stole from Gidget Gein
  • 1974 Gibson Ripper L9-S Bass (vintage, as seen in "The Dope Show" video) This guitar was a gift from Gene Simmons who wrote and recorded with the same instrument on KISS's Destroyer album[citation needed] Jeordie donated this bass to the Hard Rock Cafe in Ottawa, Canada. It is among their most popular pieces of memorabilia on display.[citation needed]
  • 1977 Gibson RD Artist Bass (vintage, as seen in the "Dope Hat" and "Coma White" videos). This guitar was sold to a fan through a mutual friend of Jeordie and Manson in 2005 via eBay.
  • BC Rich Widow Bass w/ Widow headstock (seen in the "Rock is Dead" video).
  • 80's USA BC Rich Warlock bass (4 on a side headstock)Used in live performances from 1998-1999, notably during the first live performance of "The Dope Show" on the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Gibson Les Paul bass. Used live and in the studio. Makes many appearances in early videos (Lunchbox, Get Your Gunn) and saw live use from 1994-1997. This bass was given to Dave Navarro[citation needed] and named "The Beautiful People bass" as Jeordie said it was the bass he used to write the now famous line.[citation needed]

During his parting of ways with Manson from 2002-2008, he took up the following models as his preferred instruments:

In addition to the aforementioned bass guitars, Jeordie has used numerous other brands and models of electric and acoustic guitar in writing and recording for each band he's been involved with, and he plays following guitars in live performances.



Marilyn Manson
The Desert Sessions
A Perfect Circle
Nine Inch Nails
Goon Moon
Soundtrack work
  • 2007: Burn My Shadow


  1. ^
  2. ^ MARILYN MANSON On TWIGGY's Return: 'I Think We're Going To Start Writing Right Away' - Jan. 25, 2008
  3. ^ Twiggy Ramirez returns to Marilyn Manson for 2008 tour January 14th, 2008
  4. ^ RollingStone "Marilyn Manson Bringing Twiggy Songs, Satan, “One Giant Evil Cocktail” On Tour" January 18, 2008

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